Yellowstone wolf movement update

8/10/96.

Here is the latest update on the movements of the Yellowstone
wolves. The last full update I posted was on June 19 in case
you want to review it. These data were provided by Yellowstone
National Park and based on tracking flights of done on Aug. 5.

THE LONE STAR MALE, NO. 35
After returning from his long exploration of the Idaho/Wyoming
border well south of Yellowstone, no. 35 has been roaming a rough
triangle, consisting of the Big Sky resort area on the north,
Island Park, Idaho to the SW and Old Faithful to the SE.

THE NEZ PERCE WOLVES
The big male, no. 28, (the alpha male when this was a pack) was located
30 miles south of Yellowstone Park in the Bridger/Teton National Forest.
I assume this put him in the Mt. Leidy Highlands.

The two female yearlings, nos. 26 and 30, have moved from Sunlight
Basin well east of Yellowstone to roaming the southern boundary
of the Park along the border between the Park and the Teton Wilderness
on the Bridger/Teton National Forest.

Female yearling no. 37 and male yearling no. 29 were both captured
over a month ago in the Paradise Valley north of the Park. They are
doing well in the Rose Creek acclimation pen.

They are still trying to capture the pack's former alpha female, no. 27
and her four pups. They were most recently located on the Beartooth
Front between Fiddler Creek and West Fishtail Creek near Dean, Montana.
There have been no additional confirmed depredations of domestic sheep
for the last two weeks.

DRUID PEAK PACK
Four of the five members of the pack remain in the Lamar Valley inside
Yellowstone Park. The fifth member, no. 39, the white wolf, thought to
be the alpha female, has struck out on her own, moving 10 to 30 miles
a day. On July 29, she was 20 miles north of Red Lodge, Montana, on the
plains. On Aug. 2, she had moved to near Reed Point. On August 5, she
was 12 miles east of Livingston, Montana in the foothills of Montana's
Absaroka Mountains.

SODA BUTTE PACK
The entire pack, except no. 15, including the 3 pups born this year,
are still in the Crystal Creek acclimation pen. It is expected that
they will soon be relocated to a pen in the SE corner of Yellowstone
and prepared for release this fall. No. 15, captured later (he had
joined with no. 27) continues to do well in the Nez Perce acclimation
pen.

LEOPOLD PACK
The alpha pair and their 3 pups-of-the-year are still located (as they
almost always have been) on the Blacktail Deer Plateau inside Yellowstone
Park.

ROSE CREEK PACK
The eleven members of this pack, including the 3 pups-of-the-year remain
in the Lamar Valley.

CHIEF JOSEPH PACK
Since the alpha female was hit and killed by the semi-trailer truck, nos.
33 and 34 have remained in the western part of Yellowstone. No. 31 has
been in the same area, but alone.

CRYSTAL CREEK BENCH PACK
The two surviving members of this pack were still located in the Lamar
Valley.




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